Barclays Bank Staff Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection relates mainly to the Barclays Bank Staff Association and its later incarnations, it includes committee papers for Executive Committee, minutes, 1925-1998 and annual general meeting reports, 1938-1953; General Committee including, attendance lists, 1966-1999, annual conference minutes, agendas, and motions carried,1968-1996, minutes, agendas and reports, 1941-1993; London branch committee minutes, 1925-1930; district committee minutes, 1960-1988; Staff Negotiating committee papers 1969-1970. Other papers include: minutes and reports of meetings with the Bank, 1943-1979; papers of the Joint Staff Side, 1975-1978; reports and accounts, 1979-1989; General Secretary's Reports, 1947-1993; Annual General Meeting agendas and minutes, 1974-1993; Chairman's reports, 1962-1972; Treasurer's reports, 1964-1992; Newsletters, 1941-1968; circulars, 1940-1960; correspondence, 1980-1989; membership statistics, 1941-1954; subject files including the Johnston Report and One Staff Body 1962-1987; and miscellaneous papers, 1968-1992.

The archive includes records of Martins Bank Staff Association including: merger papers, 1968-1978; subject files 1900-1991; Districts papers, 1949-1954; Council papers, 1941-1968; correspondence 1943-1967; sickness and accident papers 1926-1966; minutes, 1926-1960; annual report 1968; circulars, 1945-1969; miscellaneous papers 1940s-1979

The collection also includes: miscellaneous constitutions and rules for various banking staff organisations, 1968-1970; papers of the Central Council of Bank Staff Associations and its later incarnations, 1941-1981; papers of the Clearing Bank Union 1978-1988; papers of the Confederation of Employee Organisations, 1973-1980; papers of the Federation of London Clearing Bank Employees, 1972; papers of the Banking Staff Council, 1968-1973; papers of the International Labour Organisation (Cameron Report material and evidence), 1956-1984.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Barclays Bank Staff Association was formed in the early 1920s to represent and pursue the welfare and interests of staff upon all matters affecting their service in the bank. In 1969 Barclays Bank took over Martins Bank and the two staff associations merged. The association underwent a number of name changes, becoming the Barclays Group Staff Association in 1974 and the Barclays Group Staff Union in 1981. It was represented by UNiFI from 1995. In May 1999 UNiFI merged with the Banking Insurance and Finance Union, and the Nat West Staff Association to form UNIFI. UNIFI is a 190,000 strong trade union representing UK finance sector employees.

The Central Council of Bank Staff Associations was established in 1923. It was subsequently renamed the Council of Bank Staff Associations, and in 1977, the Confederation of Bank Staff Associations. It was a member of the Banking Staff Council (1968-78), which in turn was represented on the Joint Negotiating Council for Banking. The CBSA members, the staff associations of Barclays, Lloyds and National Westminster banks, came together in 1980 to form the Clearing Bank Union. The CBU was dissolved on the 30th April 1988 when the clearing banks had ended central negotiation for recruitment grades.

Reference: Tagish Ltd., Directory of UK Staff, Trade and Professional Associations, Trades Unions and related organisations (  Accessed February 2002.


The archive is unlisted.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The papers were received from UNISERVICE Ltd, a company wholly owned by UNIFI in March and November 1999 (MSS.396 and MSS.396B).

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A box list is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

An authority file exists for Barclays Bank Staff Association (GB 0152 AAR1599) and its later incarnations: Barclays Group Staff Association (GB 0152 AAR1606), Barclays Group Staff Union (GB 152 AAR1607), UNiFI (GB 152 AAR1608, and UNIFI (GB 152 AAR1609). Authority files also exist for Martins Bank Staff Association (GB 152 AAR1614), Dr Thomas Lothian Johnston (GB 152 AAR1615), and Lord Cameron (GB 152 AAR1616). Authority files also exist for the related organisation Central Council of Bank Staff Associations (GB 152 AAR1189) and its later incarnations, Council of Bank Staff Associations (GB 0152 AAR1188), Confederation of Bank Staff Associations (GB 152 AAR1187), and Clearing Bank Union (GB 152 AAR1186). Further authority files exist for Banking Staff Council (GB152 AAR1610), Confederation of Employee Organisations ((GB 152 AAR1375), International Labour Organisation (GB 152 AAR1613), Federation of London Clearing Bank employees (GB 152 AAR1612), and the Banking Insurance and Finance Union (GB 152 AAR1182).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre also holds the papers of the Clearing Bank Union (MSS.283).